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AVON WESLEYAN CHURCH – LEAD PASTOR PROFILE
Pastoral Qualities and Roles
Effective Preacher/Teacher. Must fully embrace the Bible as the Word of God. The pastor should be able to clearly and passionately communicate biblical truth through sermons that connect with believers and non-believers. Must be committed to staying culturally relevant while remaining biblically true.
People Person: relates intentionally to people. It is important that the pastor is effective at interacting with people and has a strong EQ. (Note: Emotional intelligence (otherwise known as emotional quotient or EQ) is the ability to positively understand, use, and manage your own emotions to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges, and defuse conflict.) The pastor should clearly seek to build and invest in relationships, especially with the people the pastor is responsible for leading, including the staff, the board, and volunteer ministry leaders. While it is important for the pastor to accomplish many tasks, the pastor should be a “people first” person and would need to have a compassionate, shepherd’s heart.
Reliable: faithful to commitments. The church leadership, in addition to the congregation as a whole, views the pastor as faithful to commitments and decisions. The pastor should be someone who can be relied upon to have deep integrity.
Community Engagement. This person will be a relational leader who thrives in partnership development and intentional community engagement. They will have a natural gift for networking and communicating the vision of the church to the community as well as investing in, and building partnerships with, local churches, businesses, and local government. They will be Kingdom-oriented and value unity over uniformity.
Competent in Facing Challenges and Conflict. The pastor should be faithful, dependable, and even-keeled in challenging times. They should be able to lead a church into healing and full health where needed. Tough conversations, including addressing conflict, should be managed in a timely manner with grace and kindness, speaking the truth in love.
Demonstrates Dependence on the Holy Spirit. The pastor must demonstrate an eagerness to invite the Holy Spirit to be released in great power and demonstrate an eagerness to depend on the leadership of the Holy Spirit in leading the ministry of the church.
Leadership Qualities and Roles
Courageously Opportunistic. The pastor must be willing to try new and innovative things, take obedient risks, test new waters, and go after the mission in creative and yet responsible ways. This should be done in the context of being a consensus-building leader and also as a networker with peers outside the church to leverage the collective wisdom of others facing similar opportunities. All these tools should be used to fuel the growth strategy of the church.
Intergenerational Ministry. The pastor must be committed to reaching multiple generations and finding ways to reach out to all ages, utilizing the gifts, skills, and passions of the staff and lay leadership.
A Multi-Tasker. Is able to oversee multiple ministries and delegate responsibilities when/where needed and have the organizational skills to keep this running smoothly.
The Lead Pastor should excel in the following areas: